"Sour Times" as written by Lalo Schifrin, Adrian Utley, Geoff Barrow, Beth Gibbons, Henry Brooks and Otis Turner....
To pretend no one can find
The fallacies of morning rose
Forbidden fruit, hidden eyes
Curtises that I despise in me
Take a ride, take a shot now
'Cause nobody loves me
It's true
Not like you do

Covered by the blind belief
That fantasies of sinful screens
Bear the facts, assume the dye
End the vows no need to lie, enjoy
Take a ride, take a shot now
'Cause nobody loves me
It's true
Not like you do

Who am I, what and why
'Cause all I have left
Is my memories of yesterday
Oh these sour times
'Cause nobody loves me
It's true
Not like you do

After time the bitter taste
Of innocence decent or race
Scattered seeds, buried lives
Mysteries of our disguise revolve
Circumstance will decide
Nobody loves me
It's true
Not like you do

'Cause nobody loves me
It's true
Not like you
Nobody loves me
It's true
Not, like, you do


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"Sour Times" as written by Otis Turner Henry Brooks

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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is definitely about infidelity, but also about someone who has given up on love altogether. "End the vows no need to lie enjoy" means that shes going to enter new relationships not having any commitment so there is no expectations to not lie. "Take a ride, take a shot now."I think this is referring to her giving up and telling a new guy to take a ride and take a shot at her, because nothing can hurt her anymore... But even though the first guy hurt her, she cant stop loving him. Which is why she keeps repeating the hook "Nobody loves me." The last verse especially refers to infidelity. She talks about "scattered seeds" which represent the first man's infidelity. And "innoncence" being lost. It's a sad song that is maschistic but extremely beautiful at the same time.
    city212girlon January 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about infidelity. She's in love and having an affair with a married man or, possibly, she is married to an unfaithful man that she loves beyond reason.
    I think the lyrics hold up better w/ the former but both work.

    The song in a nutshell from that point of view:
    You pretend that this infidelity doesn't hurt me and that I don't know you're unfaithful.
    I maintain the illusion that I don't know. I despise myself for this but I love you beyond all reason and I know you love me.
    Although I tell myself this but the bitterness of reality hurts me a great deal. I pretend that you don't know this hurts me.
    If I wait long enough the circumstances will change so I am patient because I love you.
    whybother?on November 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat song
    landingstillon May 07, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is about being trapped in illusions and possibly letting love slide past you..
    xinniefulon January 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song's very gothic, there's almost a seductive obsessive feel to it. I think it's about swirling in depression and feeling alone, yet obsessing about the tiny glimmer of love someone felt for her before.
    Soulordesson November 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Nobody loves me, it's true ... not like you do." This single line has so many interpretations, it's like trying to look at yourself in a cracked mirror. I love this song, it's eerie, romantic, desperate, and somehow soothing all at once. A near-perfect piece of pop art.
    bingoboyon December 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentportishead is just awesome
    Emanual200on June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentteehee... ive been looking for these lyrics forever. now ive got a warm and fuzzy feeling inside... hurray. :-D
    Aniegaon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome song
    incubus421on March 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWas this song in a movie? Because this was one of the reasons I got into Portishead in the first place.
    phatcaton March 04, 2003   Link

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